Construction Code

Due to the length and possible extension of the April 13 temporary suspension as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, we will resume the receipt of Building Permit Application packets as follows:

  • See Building Permit Process for requirements.
  • You may submit your packet by mail.  If the project is small in scope (deck or shed), and the plans would be legible on 8.5” x 11” paper, you may submit your packet by email.
  • A $55.00 plan review fee must accompany your packet; however, if the project is a new commercial structure with an estimated cost of $1,000,000 or more, a $1,500.00 plan review fee is required.
  • Trade plan reviews are $75.00 per trade.

Please note we are still not issuing permits or conducting inspections until the order is lifted unless they are deemed an emergency by our Department Head.  Payments will be accepted on bills for prior work performed, and a certificate of occupancy can be issued if all final inspections have taken place and been approved prior to 3/25/20.

The Grand Traverse County Building Department is responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of the people who visit and live in Grand Traverse County by regulating the construction of our built environment to ensure compliance with construction codes, ordinances and related rules and regulations.

Today’s Inspection Schedule

**If your job site is inaccessible due to snow the inspection will not take place**

Updated each weekday between 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.

Week of April 6th

Estimated wait for Plan Review:  2 weeks

We are using the 2015 Michigan Building Code, 2015 Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings, 2015 Michigan Energy Code, 2015 Michigan Residential Code, 2017 Michigan Electrical Code, 2015 Michigan Mechanical Code, 2015 Michigan Plumbing Code. 

Please note: Please use (231) 995-6044 to reach both Building AND Trade divisions.  Phone number (231) 995-6049 has been retired. Thank you!


Electrical Update

We’ve updated our Electrical Permit Application to include data / telecommunication outlets.  Please use the new form which can be found under Applications & Forms.